Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm.
Length of Tours: 50 minutes
Group Size: Minimum group size is 10 guests per hour. Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule two or more tours.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $8 each.
For Docent-Guided Tours: please choose the focus of your tour from the menu below. There is no additional fee for a docent-guided tour.
For Highlights of the Collections Audio Guide Tours: there is an additional cost of $2 per Audio Guide and a maximum number of forty participants per hour.
For Self-Guided Tours: groups of 10 or more paying guests may receive our discounted group rate. To receive a group rate, one person must pay for the entire party. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled through the Office of Educational Programs in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.
Voted "Best Use of New Technology for Exploring Ancient Ideas" in the 2008 "Best of Atlanta" issue of Atlanta Magazine!
Download any podcast to your iPod or any portable mp3 player, bring it to the museum and receive free admission!
Museum curators and university faculty use the collections in their teaching. Below is a sampling of the types of courses that use Carlos Museum collections.
Religous Art of South Asia
Dr. Ellen Gough
This course takes an immersive approach to the study of the religious art of South Asia, ca. 2500 BCE to the present day. We will spend two of the three class meetings a week in the classroom, and the third either in the Asian Collection at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum or at a site of religious practice in Atlanta. Course units will focus on the paintings, sculptures, architecture, and material and visual culture more broadly of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Sri Lanka. We will examine Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religious art, asking how these material objects relate to religious texts and practices. For the course unit on the Hindu epic the Rāmāyaṇa, for example, we will compare parts of the Sanskrit text of the epic by Vālmīki with depictions of the story in comic books, on television, and in eighteenth-century miniature paintings in the collection at the Carlos Museum. The Spring 2016 semester will also offer the unique opportunity to examine the temporary exhibit at the Carlos Museum, “Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection.”
Freshman Seminar: The 12 Caesars: Sex, Lies and Politics in Ancient Rome
Dr. Eric Varner
Popular perceptions of Rome’s first twelve Caesars (who included Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) are often fueled by the ancient biographer Suetonius’s lurid and scandalous accounts of the period. Suetonius’s Twelve Caesars is filled with accusations of outrageous sexual behavior, madness, and political posturing, that are often in direct opposition to the visual record as embodied in official monuments of art and architecture commissioned by the Caesars themselves or their wives. This course will combine an in depth examination of the artistic material, as well as surviving portraits in sculpture and on coins and gems, together with a careful reading of Suetonius’s text, as well as new biographical material on the twelve Caesars. Close attention will be paid to the iconographic meaning of the artistic monuments, their intended audiences, and their points of comparison and divergence from Suetonius, thus revealing the complex nature of Roman culture and society in the early imperial period.
Dr. Gay Robins
This course is designed as an introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the late Predynastic Period through the Old and Middle Kingdoms. It will examine the basic principles by which Egyptian artists worked, together with the techniques and materials that they used, and will consider the various purposes, religious, political and social, for which Egyptian art was created. The course will be structured chronologically, and will acquaint students with key works of art, placing them within the context of ancient Egyptian history and culture. These works will include the monumental pyramids built by the kings of Egypt to be their tombs and the lavishly decorated tomb chapels constructed for elite government officials. There will be class visits to the Carlos Museum to study ancient Egyptian works on display.
Arts of Africa: An Introduction
Dr. Susan Gagliardi
Artists linked to the African continent have historically created arts from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and earth as well as animal and vegetal matter. Some objects, including wooden headpieces, were designed to be seen in motion during masquerade performances. Other objects, including brass heads, were designed for static displays. In this introductory course, we will think about a broad range of arts, their biographies, and contexts for their display. We will look closely at different works, from study sixteenth- and seventeenth- century brass plaques once shown in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, to twentieth-century wooden headpieces worn by performers during certain events in Pende communities of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Students will also be invited to view African art on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the High Museum.
Shamanism: Art in the Americas
Dr. Rebecca R. S. Bailey
The underlying religious complex of ancient and modern indigenous American cultures can be understood under the umbrella term of shamanism, or the direct visionary contact with the spiritual world by trained intermediaries in order to promote balance, fertility, and health. Art is deeply implicated in this system, from earliest times through to today. This seminar will discuss the parameters of shamanic belief and practice as applied to the visual elements, from the “tools” of curing to the achievement of trance to the recording of experience and imagery of healing itself. An emphasis will be placed on plant and animal iconography.
The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 20,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs) from the middle ages to the present, the collections offer unique opportunities to engage students in discussions about original works of art and the civilizations that produced them.
The museum enourages faculty to make use of its diverse collections, as well as temporary exhibitions, as primary resources for object-based teaching. The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out-of-the-classroom” learning. The diverse collections and exhibitions provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, English, the sciences, and others use the museum's collections and exhibitions regularly in their teaching.
The museum's galleries are open Tuesday - Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm and are always free to Emory faculty and students. Faculty may guide their students through the collections and exhibitions or schedule a tour with a member of the museum's Docent Guild. To scheule a time for your class or a docent-led tour, contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or email@example.com. Members of the staff are also available to help create connections between the museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework. Contact Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education, at 404-727-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High-quality photographs of more than 1000 objects from the museum’s collection are available free of charge for teaching use through Artstor. Click here and select "Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online" from the Emory Collections section. Faculty and students may request additional photos not available in Carlos Collections Online and may request permission to publish photos in scholarly works by contacting email@example.com.
The museum recognizes that only a small portion of its collection is on view at any given time. Faculty and students may arrange to view selected objects from storage by appointment, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, pending availability of staff and suitable space within the museum. Museum curators will help faculty and students to complete a Study Access/Classroom Use of Objects form. Ideally, faculty and students should contact the curator responsible for the object(s) at least two weeks in advance of their class or study period.* So that faculty can focus on their teaching, rather than on the care of the artwork, a museum curator and/ or member(s) of the collections staff will attend classes when artwork is present.
*Due to a construction project that will affect curatorial and registrar's offices as well as access to storage, slated for February 20th – May 8th, and the challenges it will pose on many fronts, pulling artwork in storage for classes during Spring semester 2017 will require advanced planning. If possible, please contact curators prior to February 3, 2017 for requests for Spring semester. For requests made by that date, works can be pulled in advance and set it aside for your class. If you are unable to determine your artwork needs by February 3rd, please realize we may not be able to accommodate your requests. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
The Carlos Museum’s permanent collection galleries mirror its curatorial divisions, each overseen by a member of the staff:
Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone
Ancient Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt
Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Melinda Hartwig
African Art, Amanda Hellman,
Asian Art, Elizabeth Hornor
Works of Art on Paper, Andi McKenzie
Museum staff also work with academic departments on campus to develop programs of interest to the academic as well as the Atlanta community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the calendar.
Students may explore a 13th-century gilt Buddha from Tibet in the museum's collection, and then explore a similar one, with the help of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, on the altar at Atlanta's Drepung Loseling Monastery. They can also study a sandstone image of the elephant-headed deity, Ganesha, and then witness a ritual that happens every Saturday morning at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in which the deity is annointed with auspicious substances, dressed and ornaments, providing students with an understanding of how such sculptures function in a religious context.
Be sure to explore other engaging sections of Odyssey Online:
Odyssey Online: Greece, designed for elementary students
Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas, designed for upper elementary and middle school students.
Students will explore animals from all over the world as they consider how different artists and cultures relate to their environments. From fierce lions to tiny praying mantises, students encounter the whole animal kingdom in the galleries.
In this tour, students build close-looking skills through drawing, finding new ways to appreciate and communicate about objects from cultures from all over the world.
Different cultures represent identity and social values using a number of visual cues. This tour considers how adornment, gesture, and medium can be used to construct identity.
How do artists tell stories through objects? What materials do they choose and which stories do they share? In this tour, students discuss different modes of storytelling from around the world.
Power looks different in different cultures. In this tour, students look at how powerful people, forces, and ideas take form in the galleries.
Culture is built on water. This tour traces the ways different cultures deal with its excess and scarcity and how this natural resource influences ritual and religion.
In this tour, students trace the stories of the powerful women appear throughout the Carlos’ galleries as heroines, warriors, villains, and shamans.
PUBLIC TOURS: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.
Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please submit the Tour Request Form at least two weeks in advance of the tour date you are requesting. Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour.
MUSEUM MOMENTS TOUR
Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. The tour is available at 1 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. Please contact Clare Fitzgerald by email or by phone at 404 727 2363 to make a reservation.
Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.
Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation and the Morgens West Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.
Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.
The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience to augment their academic program. Three interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, and students are paid $5,000. Scheduling of the ten weeks is flexible and can be done in consultation with the curator in charge. Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is February 24, 2017.
Summer 2017 projects include:
Download the Mellon Internship application here.
The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Provost has recognized the Carlos Museum for its commitment to innovative faculty collaborations and to public education. Read the article below and watch the video here.
In the beginning was a mummy. And not just any mummy, but, in fact, the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere, one of only seven in the world. Emory's Old Kingdom mummy was the first inventoried object (1921.1) in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. A massive conservation effort in 2011 drew on a university-wide team of conservationists, faculty, and students to restore the Old Kingdom mummy, which now holds a special place in the permanent collection of the Carlos Museum.
However, beyond this one rare and special object, the Carlos opens up a broader treasure chest to Emory -- one intrinsically tied to the university's mission to "create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." Recognizing the importance of the museum to academic life, Emory's strategic plan, Where Courageous Inquiry Leads, focused one of its framing principles on Creativity: Arts and Innovation. That emphasis -- along with Courageous Inquiry initiatives on strengthening faculty distinction, enhancing the student experience, creating community, and religions and the human spirit -- has helped the Carlos grow even stronger in its support of academics.
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Archaeology (All Grades)
As they explore the galleries, students learn about pioneering archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. Your students will put STEAM into practice as they learn the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of material culture.
The Science Behind Art Conservation (Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School)
The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes homeschool school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.
To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to email@example.com or by fax to 404-727-4292. After typing information into the form please click the SAVE button at the end of the form.
Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submitting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.
Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
Our 6th grade tour focuses on cultural conflict and change in Latin America, highlighting the collision of indigenous and European powers. Students will also explore the ways that different environments and natural resources impact culture in Latin America.
Students work with first-source material as they examine historical and contemporary art from Africa and Latin America to understand better questions of religion, ethnicity, and colonialism.
World History students at the Carlos trace cultures from ancient to modern by examing objects created in the Americas, the the Mediterranean, and Africa. Students learn to read objects like texts, bringing cultures distant in time and space into the present.
AP Art History
"The 250" come to life at the Carlos where students have an opportunity to examine and analyze works of art from the cultures and time periods they study in the classroom.
Latin: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis
Since "art is long and life, short" seize the day and visit Ulysses, Menelaus, Europa, and the Emperor Tiberius in the galleries of the Carlos Museum. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see the crucial role of archaeology in understanding objects from Roman daily life.
Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?
A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools. K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transporation. Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404.727.4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Target provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to www.corporate.target.com/corporate-responsiblity/grants.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Student Guide Program. Student guides act as ambassadors for the Museum–– writing and leading tours for students, organizing student-centered events, and learning about museum work under the supervision of Museum staff. This opportunity helps students to develop their research and presentation skills, gain valuable experience in museums, and serve the larger Emory community.
For more information, contact Clare Fitzgerald at 404-727-2363 or email@example.com.
(September 10, 2017- February 18, 2018)
"Tell the Whole Story from Beginning to End:" The Ramayana in Indian Painting
(January 13-May 20, 2018
Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss great works of literature related to the museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting, with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides.
Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Books may be picked up in the Office of Educational Programs on the Plaza Level between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please pick up the book in time to read it before the discussion.
The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.
Please do not use GPS to get directions to the museum. GPS systems provide excellent information for CARS entering campus, but not BUSES. If you must use GPS, enter Emory’s Goizueta Business School as your destination, and the directions will lead you to the correct campus entrance for BUSES.
The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Carlos Museum is able to offer $300 per bus to K-12 teachers at schools with signifcant Title One populations. We know field trips are expensive, but bus stipends can make it possible for your students to explore the stories of civiization found in the galleries of the Carlos Museum—from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mespotamia, Greece and Rome to the varied cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, from the indigenous cultures of North and South America to the thriving cultures of India and the Himalayas. Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404-727-4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Maximum twenty two children per group.
- One chaperone for every five children.
- If your group has special needs, please call to discuss possible adjustments to the program.
- Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve a space for your class.
This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank. Additonal support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.